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California Domestic Violence Restraining Order

A domestic violence restraining order is issued when the person against whom you are taking the order are:

If any of the above mentioned physically hurt you, harass you or issue verbal threats, you can file for a domestic violence restraining order. Acts of abuse such as throwing things, following, sexual assault, destroying your property, stealing your property, intimidation and breaking into your home or place of work, can also serve as grounds for a restraining order. If you are in grave danger, you must first get an emergency protective order through a law enforcement officer.

Types of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

An EPO is a type of restraining order that only law enforcement can ask for by calling a judge. Judges are available to issue EPOs 24 hours a day. So, a police officer that answers a domestic violence call can ask a judge for an emergency protective order at any time of the day or night.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

When you go to court to ask for a domestic violence restraining order, you fill out paperwork where you tell the judge everything that has happened and why you need a restraining order. If the judge believes you need protection, he or she will give you a temporary restraining order.

Permanent Restraining Order

When you go to court for the hearing that was scheduled for your TRO, the judge may issue a “permanent” restraining order. They are not really “permanent” because they usually last up to 5 years.

Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

A civil harassment restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from violence, stalking, serious harassment, or threats of violence.
You can ask for a civil harassment restraining order if:

Generally, for civil harassment restraining orders, the person you want to restrain is not:

In a civil harassment restraining order, you can ask to restrain:

Restraining Order Plans

Domestic Violence Restraining Order w/ Shared Minor Children


Domestic Violence Restraining Order


Civil Harassment Restraining Order


Response to Domestic Violence Restraining Order


Response to Civil Harassment Restraining Order


Effect of a restraining order on the restrained person

For the person to be restrained, the consequences of having a court order against him or her can be very severe.

If the person to be restrained violates the restraining order, he or she may go to jail, or pay a fine, or both.

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